Any sociologist will profess that current advances in technology are occurring at a faster rate than at any other time in the history of mankind. ROAD MAP TO TOMORROW lays out in plain English how the changing technology environment might negatively affect established job markets, while introducing a plethora of new career opportunities.
When Gutenberg’s printing press went into widespread use in the 1500s, scribes and scroll-writers undoubtedly cried foul as they saw their industry whither into obscurity. But after the initial outrage only the staunchest of apologists would fail to see the new fields of typesetting and paper production and press manufacturing and book distribution exploding onto the scene. Such was the same with the turn of the 20th Century auto industry, leaving the horse and carriage field in the dust, yet introducing a myriad of vehicular, traffic and fuel jobs to the career registry.
So it is that the advances in technology are subscribing to the “out with the old, in with the new” adage and are opening fields that were previously minor, if existent at all. Former real estate developer John Morgan Mullen takes an in-depth look at these emerging fields and, as the book title suggests, maps out concrete pathways for those Gen X, Y and Z job seekers to most take advantage of the changes in the employment landscape.
Some of the areas he examines are to be expected, as they are those that immediately come to mind when future tech is the subject: AI, robotics, medical nanotechnology, quantum computing. Mullen also does a good job of predicting opportunities in fields beyond the obvious, including those of transportation and logistics, urban planning, energy acquisition and production, and elementary education.
But even with the investigations of these uncommon fields, a question arises of whether ROAD MAP TO TOMORROW is truly necessary. Most of the information Mullen offers up is rather common sensical, and if not, then it’s easily available with a single click on any Help Wanted site. Even if he has done a great deal of the job prospect legwork, the result is a rather short book. In fact the “road mapping” he’s done ends up as such a short book that the last sixty pages are just referential links and textual notes, and the first chapter of one of Mullen’s previous books. Even the book proper is padded with one entire chapter on the future of love and another with the author’s fanciful communications from the future with a robot assistant named Captain Morgan.
Not to downplay the work he’s put into the book, and Morgan’s efforts are clearly sincere, but perhaps ROAD MAP TO TOMORROW would have been better formatted as a series of loose-leaf broadsheets or a tutorial video series. The information would still be as valid as it is in book form, but might be absorbed much more readily when ascribed to the short, concise quanta that his target audience is so accustomed to.
Author John Morgan Mullen offers clear career suggestions and provides a patronly pep-talk for both young job seekers and established job changers who might feel a bit trepidation about technology’s effects on future career opportunities.
~Johnny Masiulewicz for Indie Reader